In a New Orleans parking lot in the fall of 1984, a white housewife and grandmother was shot, and the killer, a young black man, made off with her purse, her groceries, and her car. Four days later, following a tip, authorities arrested a known drug dealer and father of five named Curtis Kyles. Kyles would then be tried for Mrs. Dye's murder five times, though he maintained his innocence, and he spent fourteen years on death row before the charges were dropped. But the case slowly yielded a deeper drama: The crime turned out to have been the side effect of an intricately plotted act of revenge. That police and prosecutors may have been complicit in framing Kyles cuts to the heart of a system of justice for Southern blacks in the era since lynch mobs were shamed into obsolescence.--From publisher description.